Sellers Home Inspection in The Greater Toronto Area
Solex Group is currently performing sellers home inspections on a very discretionary basis
Having your home inspected prior to listing your property for sale initially seemed to have more pros than cons. But over the years, the drawbacks of this practice have become quite apparent to numerous professionals:
One key factor is that the most important part of a home inspection is the on-site experience with the inspector. This is where our client (the person obtaining key information on the general condition of the home) can use this gained knowledge to make informed decisions on the purchase of a very expensive commodity - a home. The inspector will also put the issues into proper context, answer questions, and give valuable home maintenance, repair and improvement tips in the field. Here, our client has the opportunity to enter into dialogue with our inspector and gain a good understanding of the homes condition and the issues reported on. For anyone just reading a home inspection report, one will not have a proper understanding of the condition of the home and the the documented issues. This can only come with personally attending and engaging with the inspector.
The mindset of some sellers (and their agents) are often different than buyers, and this can cause unnecessary friction with a home inspector performing a sellers home inspection. Home inspections have been performed for sellers where issues identified are met with criticism and/or an altered opinion to ours in an effort to try influencing what we report on. Some sellers refuse to even provide our report to potential buyers because it makes the house seem like it's "full of too many issues" - although this is rarely the case. Some homeowners feel their home is in top condition with no or minimal issues and expect the report to not only state, but to highlight such positive aspects. Some sellers want the inspection report revised after repairs/corrections are made. As professionals, this "sellers mindset" does not influence our inspection or report as we are an unbiased 3rd party, but it can be frustrating at times. Professional home inspectors enjoy engaging with their clients in person and we find that a buyers or pre-purchase home inspection performed for the decision maker(s) directly is still the best approach to satisfy the home inspection condition in a real estate transaction.
Because home inspectors are not regulated in Ontario, this throws another challenge out there. A seller may just focus on finding a low cost, low quality and a less detailed home inspector to provide a report for potential buyers. One that may report "lightly" on the condition of their home. The value, professionalism, quality, integrity, and thoroughness vary greatly between inspectors (even within the same company). A buyer relying on a potentially amateur sellers home inspection report for a home purchase, could be misled. We are finding more and more buyers are still performing their due diligence and having their own home inspection performed, even when there was a sellers inspection report available! Why? Here's a sample of what we hear from buyers regarding sellers inspection reports: "we didn't find any useful information in the sellers inspection report and we don't trust it" or "the sellers report only stated positive aspects of the home, was only a few pages, and it seemed sketchy to us".
If a buyer relying on a sellers home inspection report for their home purchase has questions or needs clarification on a part of the report, who would they call? A home inspector has no obligation to speak to or even legally discuss any aspect of his/her inspection without the clients consent (the individual(s) who hired and have a signed agreement with the inspector). At Solex Group, we always try helping our clients with telephone advice when they have questions about their home or inspection report, even years later. This is yet another downside to a buyer relying only on a sellers home inspection report.
Provided with Our Service:
1. Full colour electronic (pdf) home inspection report sent to you by email that includes:
Photos, illustrations, recommendations
Live access to a 480 page home reference e-book
Additional relevant documents to provide you a better understanding of certain issues pertaining to the house
Home maintenance schedule
Home improvement/repair cost guide
Getting Your House Ready to Sell guide
2. Free RecallChek - appliance recall notifications for life on all home appliances and HVAC equipment
3. Free email or telephone support for as long as you own your home
Home Inspection Packages
Essential Home Inspection
Our Essential Home Inspection package includes a visual inspection of the home's readily accessible features, major systems and components such as: roof, exterior, structure, electrical, heating/cooling, insulation, plumbing, interior, and more.
Extended Home Inspection
Our Extended Home Inspection package includes all the features of our Essential package with the addition of a full thermal scan of the home to enhance your inspection with another layer of knowledge. To learn more about this technology, visit THERMOGRAPHY.
From our clients
“We are preparing to sell our home sometime in the next 5 years or so and were looking for a "roadmap" of what we need to do to get the place in shape. Your inspector did a thorough inspection and listed the shortcomings we should deal with and indicated the degree of urgency. His report does exactly what we required.”
Peter, Toronto, Ontario
“I had Solex Group inspect the house before I put it up for sale. He was accurate, polite, and did a fantastic job. He was thorough, complete, and went everywhere.”
Evelyn M., Uxbridge, Ontario